9 rubric film analysis rubric film analysis rubric criteriaratingspts H u m a n i t i e s

9 rubric film analysis rubric film analysis rubric criteriaratingspts H u m a n i t i e s


Watch a film that addresses the dynamics of intercultural communication. You can pick one of the films listed below or an appropriate one that is not on the list. If you have not seen the film before and are unfamiliar with it, do some research on it in order to decide if it will work well for the assignment. Please do not pick a film that is used in sample papers I have posted.

Bend It Like Beckham

The Joy Luck Club

Lost in Translation

Slumdog Millionaire


  • Babel

Follow the guidelines below to complete the film analysis.

  • Write a 4-5 page (double spaced) paper analyzing a film that addresses intercultural issues. Evaluate, critique and provide examples of intercultural communication theories, concepts, and ideas as they appear in the film. Please do not give a summary of the film, as that defeats the purpose of the assignment. Also, do not just simply provide a definition of the concept and move forward. In other words, I don’t want to hear something like “In the opening scene, John displayed assimilation. Assimilation is…..” You definitely want to define and explain the concept briefly, but your focus should be on how the concept appears in the film. So for example, focus on answering questions such as how, why, when, towards who, where, etc. 

At the end, briefly discuss the overall role that communication plays in the film and in the interactions and relationships seen within the film.

  • Use bolded headers to identify each concept so that the paper is easier to follow and content is easier to spot. 

Provide in-text citations and a work cited page in MLA format to cite sources that you use to explain concepts. 

  • Your objective is to apply course material to real life situations as portrayed in a film. Your grade will be determined based on your ability to thoroughly critique the film. Apply concepts from the book/class and provide specific examples from the film. 

Please refer to the sample provided in this module for a better idea of what is expected. Sample Film Analysis

  • For a better analysis, watch the film a second time. You may see examples of the same concepts several times throughout the film, avoid repetition of these concepts in your paper. The following are some of the main topics discussed in this class that may also appear in the film in varying degrees. You should provide examples of and thoroughly discuss 8 of these concepts as it relates to the film.

Differences in Culture Due to-history, ecology, technology/media, biology, institutional networks, interpersonal communication patterns. Ch. 2

  • Components of Intercultural Communication-context, appropriateness, knowledge, motivation, skills. Ch. 3

BASIC-behavioral assessment scale for intercultural competence. Ch. 3

Shared Interpretations/Cultural Patterns-specifics of beliefs, values, norms, social practices. Ch. 4

Cultural Patterns & Orientations-activity, social, self, world, time. Ch. 4

High vs. Low Context Cultures (directness, importance of in-groups, time) Ch. 5

  • Hofstede’s Cultural Taxonomy-Ch.5

Power Distance

  • Collectivism vs. Individualism

Uncertainty Avoidance

  • Femininity vs. Masculinity

Short Term vs. Long Term Orientation

  • Restraint vs. Indulgence 

Schwartz Cultural Taxonomy-Ch. 5

Embeddedness vs. Autonomy 

Mastery vs. Harmony

Hierarchy vs. Egalitarianism

Cultural Identity, Social Identity, Personal Identity-Ch. 6

Cultural Biases-Ch. 6

Social Categorizing


Rule Systems in Verbal Codes-semantics, phonology, etc. Ch. 7

  • Linguistic Relativity & Sapir Whorf Hypothesis Ch. 7
  • Communication Accommodation Ch. 7
  • Dialects, accents, jargon, argon Ch. 7
  • Universal Nonverbal Communication Ch. 8
  • Functions of Nonverbal Communication Ch. 8
  • Nonverbal Codes/Channels-appearance, environment, touch, etc. Ch. 8
  • Dominant vs. Subordinate Cultures Ch. 9

Adaptation, culture shock, u-curve, w-curve Ch. 9

  • Acculturation-assimilation, integration, separation, marginalization Ch. 9
  • Rubric
  • Film Analysis Rubric
  • Film Analysis Rubric
  • CriteriaRatingsPts
  • This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePage Requirement
  • 5 pts


  • Analysis consists of a minimum of 4 complete pages with the size 12/Roman numeral font and 1 inch margin.
  • 3 pts
  • Incomplete
  • Analysis is only 3-3 1/2 pages or may even be 3 pages but may include large font, or too much spacing which takes away from the true length of the paper. Needs more content to fulfill the requirement.
  • 2 pts


  • Analysis is less than 3 pages. Font, size, margins, etc. are taken into consideration when determining the true page length.
  • 5 pts
  • This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSynopsis of Film
  • 5 pts
  • Fulfilled
  • Synopsis of film is concise and efficient. Paper briefly analyzes specific scenes from the film and predominantly focuses on analyzing core concepts as they relate to the scenes.
  • 3 pts
  • Needs Some Work
  • Good synopsis of specific scenes from the film, however the overall analysis would be stronger if you focused more on connecting core concepts from the course/text to the scenes rather than summarizing the scenes. Keep description of scenes concise.

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